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    One in two is/are

    One in two Malaysians is/are not satisfied with their weight and are attempting to shed some, according to market research company, A, C. Nielsen.

    I was taught that it should be 'One in two/three, etc is ... ' In the example above if I use 'is', it will be inconsistent with 'their' and 'are'.

    Am I right if I use 'are'? Is there a difference between BE and AM with regard to the usage.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: One in two is/are

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    One in two Malaysians is/are not satisfied with their weight and are attempting to shed some, according to market research company, A, C. Nielsen.

    I was taught that it should be 'One in two/three, etc is ... ' In the example above if I use 'is', it will be inconsistent with 'their' and 'are'.

    Am I right if I use 'are'? Is there a difference between BE and AM with regard to the usage.

    Many thanks.
    In your example, in Bhaisahab's BrE, 'are' is correct.

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    Re: One in two is/are

    Thanks, Bhaisahab.

    I wonder whether the Americans will use 'is'. I am aware that in BE, 'The group, the couple, etc is or are ...' depends on context. If I am not mistaken, the American use 'is' regardless of what follows.

    I hope one of the AE members will respond to my post.


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    Re: One in two is/are

    The subject is 'Malaysians'. Perhaps the confusion is due to using 'one in two', switching the subject to a single Malaysian.

    Half of all Malaysians are fat
    Every second Malaysian is fat

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